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WebOS Betrayal Costs HP $57 Million in Class Action Settlement

It may have been overshadowed by pricier acquisition deals in subsequent years, but HP's 2010 takeover of Palm remains a milestone event. It was a seemingly perfect combination of a highly competitive mobile operating system with a deep-pocketed hardware juggernaut. HP promised it would fund the future development of webOS and...

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Samsung Proposes Five-Year Moratorium on Patent Lawsuits

The company's deal was offered to the European Union, which is investigating whether Samsung is violating regulations on standard-essential patents. [Read more]    ...

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3D Printing Surfaces Interesting Legal Issues

3D printing looks set to take off in Singapore, but the cool technology throws up legal questions around product liability and copyright.

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The Role of Software Patents in the Patent Reform Debate

Momentum seems to be building in Congress to tackle patent reform. From an open source perspective, any reform that reduces the risk and expense of patent lawsuits is surely a good thing. But the reforms under current discussion so far have largely been focused on the problem of NPEs (non-practicing...

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New Gov’t Report on Patent Lawsuits is Tepid, But Shows a Clear Trend

The Government Accountability Office has a new report out about patent litigation. The study, which was commissioned as part of the America Invents Act, really features little in the way of useful conclusions or policy suggestions. It ends with a call that the Director of the Patent office "consider examining trends in patent infringement litigation" in order to make the examination process better, and suggests (obviously) that better "patent quality" would be better for everyone.

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